Haagen-Dazs Wins Infringement Case In China

U.S. food company General Mills, which owns the ice cream brand, complained that a Chinese clothes company's name was to similar to Haagen-Dazs. A judge in Beijing has agreed.

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And our last word in business today comes from China, and the word is: Harga-Dazs(ph).

Harga-Dazs, almost like the ice cream brand Haagen-Dazs, except for the R, Harga-Dazs is a clothing company in China. It received permission from Chinese officials to trademark that name back in 2003.

The U.S. food company General Mills, which owns the Haagen-Dazs brand, of course, complained. Now General Mills can savor the sweet taste of justice. A judge in Beijing ruled this week, that the clothing company cannot use the name Harga-Dazs since people could apparently confuse the clothing with the ice cream.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.


And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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